Nigeria continues to face the daunting task of reforming a petroleum-based economy, whose revenues have been squandered through corruption and mismanagement. Nigeria struggles with issues of corruption in private sectors, widespread poverty, unemployment, underemployment, prolonged Boko Haram insurgency, as well as the impact of HIV and AIDS.
COUNTRY COVID UPDATE
While official reports track the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria as low, doctors and public health experts fear Nigeria’s outbreak may be one of the continent’s worst. Churches and businesses are struggling to make appropriate adjustments due to COVID-19 pandemic and many people are not practicing proper physical distancing measures because they feel culturally insensitive.
Meanwhile, doctors beg for more serious protective gear to treat patients with all of the presenting symptoms for COVID-19, but often are forced to provide such care without proper protection, causing healthcare workers to also fall sick.
World Renew’s partner organization, Beautiful Gate Handicapped People Center has provided food items such as maize, beans, rice, palm oil, and cassava flour to 1,700 needy people living with disabilities and facing the perils of Nigeria’s compulsory lockdown during COVID-19. The distribution covered 17 Local Government Areas and happened throughout May with the distribution team fully observing social distancing and other COVID-19 prevention guidelines.
In correspondence with lockdown requirements, World Renew’s trauma healing and peer learning sessions are being held with a reduced number of participants. Lockdown and restriction of interstate movements continue to limit face-to-face monitoring and evaluation. Staff are currently integrating strategies to protect community members from the spread of Covid-19 and ask for prayers during these early days of the outbreak for safety while they make preparations for the most vulnerable communities.